About Augustus T O'Leary
Birth: 1877 Death: Oct. 31, 1910
SHELBY SENTINEL OBITUARY – 11/04/1910 Mr. Augustus T. O'Leary died at his home at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning. His death due to cancer of the stomach came after an illness of several months. Mr. O'Leary was a native of Spencer and was thirty-three years of age. While in his teens he came to this city where he had up to his death made his home. Mr. O'Leary was of a type of man that entered full of life, energy and pluck into the busy whirl of the business world, and made success come to his efforts by his indomitable energy and perseverance. He was in the strictest sense a self made man. Alive and wide-awake, and one of the finest examples of an up-to-date and clean businessman. For the greater portion of his business career he has been a traveling salesman, and at the time of his death a leading man in the sales department of the Owensboro Wagon Company. Genial, kind, of a sunny disposition that won for him everywhere a friend in every acquaintance. He was a member of the Catholic Church in the strictest sense, and with an abiding faith in its tenets and teachings. He was also a member of the United Commercial Travelers and of the Louisville Council Knights of Columbus. Besides a wife, he leaves two sons, Dominic and Bernard. The funeral services consisting of a Mass of Requiem and a sermon by the pastor, Rev. J. H. Riley, took place at the Catholic Church at nine o'clock Wednesday morning, and at the conclusion of the services the remains were interred in Grove Hill Cemetery.
SHELBY RECORD OBITUARY – 11/04/1910 The death of Mr. Gus T. O'Leary occurred at his home on Bland Avenue, last Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock and the sympathy of the entire community is heartily accorded his stricken wife, two little sons, and his brothers and sisters. Gus O'Leary was born near Wakefield, Spencer County, and was in the thirty-fourth year of his age. When about twenty years of age he came to Shelbyville and this had been his home ever since. Endowed with more than ordinary intelligence, a young man of irreproachable character, pleasing address and courteous demeanor he rapidly forged to the front as a successful businessman. Evolution in his case meant advancement from a clerkship in a little coal office to the topmost rank among the traveling salesmen in the South. In addition to this he was a member of the Wakefield & O'Leary Realty Co., a firm that has made an enviable reputation and considerable money in the buying and selling of farms and residence property. A man of splendid physique, and apparently in the best of health until a few months ago, his chances for a long and useful life seemed most excellent. But God, in his inscrutable way, laid the hand of affliction upon him, and in the latter part of July, an eminent surgeon who had been appealed to, to cure what appeared to be a severe attack of stomach trouble, announced that Mr. O'Leary had an incurable case of cancer of the liver and stomach. Since then his friends have known that there was no earthly hope of his recovery. At times he was cheerful and hopeful and at other times gloomy, despondent and in great pain. Sunday he felt better than usual and Monday morning he had a severe hemorrhage and within a few hours thereafter, his soul was in the presence of his maker. Gus O'Leary was a Christian man, a devout member of the Catholic Church and he was fortified with all the rites of his religion when the death angel called him. He was an honored member of Louisville Council No. 890, Knights of Columbus and a number of his fraternal brethren came up from the city Tuesday night to pay their last tribute to his memory. Besides his wife, who, before her marriage, was Miss Emma Kaltenbacher, of this city, two little sons, Dominic and Bernard; seven sisters and four brothers survive him. The funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning at the Catholic Church by Rev. J. H. Riley, after which the remains were interred in Grove Hill Cemetery.